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A Safety Conundrum Illustrated: Logic, Mathematics, and Science Are Not EnoughIn an ideal world, conversations about whether a particular system is safe, or whether a particular method or tool enhances safety, would be emotion-free discussions concentrating on the level of safety required, available evidence, and coherent logical, mathematical, or scientific arguments based on that evidence. In the real world, discussions about safety are often not emotion-free. Political and economic arguments may play a bigger role than logical, mathematical, and scientific arguments, and psychological factors may be as important, or even more important, than purely technical factors. This paper illustrates the conundrum that can result from this clash of the ideal and the real by means of an imagined conversation among a collection of fictional characters representing various types of people who may be participating in a safety discussion.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Holloway, C. M. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Johnson, C. W. (Glasgow Univ. United Kingdom)
Collins, Kristine R. (Virginia Univ. Charlottesville, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
October 18, 2010
Subject Category
Social and Information Sciences (General)
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
5th IET International System Safety Conference 2010(Manchester)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 757280.
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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